Burglaries in Bensham

21 Nov 2016 11:14 AM

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Police are appealing for information after two burglaries in Gateshead.

Both incidents happened on Saturday, November 19, in the Bensham area of the town.

At 1:15am that morning a man forced the door of a property in Ridley Street and got inside the premises. He was challenged by the occupants and left.

No one was hurt during the incident and nothing was stolen. Early enquiries suggest that the offender may have been looking for someone and had got the wrong address.

Then at 10:45pm, the same night, two men forced entry into a flat in Miller Street. They searched the property and stole a handbag containing a purse and cash.

The men are described as being in their 20s, of medium height and were wearing all black.

Enquiries are ongoing into the break-ins and officers are carrying out extra reassurance patrols in the area for local residents.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Robson said: "These type of burglaries are very concerning. In both incidents the offenders have forced their way into the homes of elderly people and although we believe the first one was a case of mistaken identify this behaviour is just not acceptable. We are not ruling out that they could be linked and would appeal for anyone who saw anything, or who has any information into these incidents, to contact us."

Enquiries are ongoing into the incidents and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1221 19/11/16.

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